|Posted by MissNanse-SSI on January 28, 2010 at 8:34 AM|
With the extremely upsetting news of One Life To Lives's move to the empty All My Children studio canceled ,our fight to save the soaps may have to take a very serious turn straight to the cable networks. Pleading and threatening the three major networks is becoming a less feasible opportunity.
The cable stations seem to have a better knowledge of producing and paying for their shows. They cancel less shows and bring quality programming day after day and night after night. I do not count SoapNet, a station that is run by ABC and have reneged on their promises from the first..They find it hard to show the soaps they have now, bumping them for their own reality nonsense. None of which the true soap fan is interested in. We would much rather be watching Guiding Light or Another World or Santa Barbara or Port Charles etc. etc. etc.
What we are going to need is a station dedicated to Soap Fans run by someonewho believes in the Soap genre and the greatest group of hard working talented actors in the business. A friend on my Facebook page told me her husband suggested contacting Oprah Winfrey since she will have her own network next year. I am not sure Oprah has ever mentioned or had any soap stars on her show,but it is probably worth trying.
Please lets get ideas coming in and reaching out to all of the soap fans we know to build the numbers we are going to need to get people and stations interested.
Lets get going friends and save OLTL & As The World Turns and bring back Guiding Light as well as keeping our other beloved soaps on the air for many years to come.
Visist the Soap Saver's Inc page for info and join the community to help save daytime!
Message from TAT/SW: Here is the direct link to the contact page for OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network): Contact Own. A note before contacting them. Do not write to them as a beloved fan. Write with the intent to sell the show to them as one would to the advertisers. And yet infuse your love for the show. Which means be professional about it and less emotional. As they won't care about the storylines, characters, or how long it has been on air. Nor will they care about how many generations of family who watched any soap. What they will care about is a gaurenteed audience and an ability to target advertisers with the demographic that Oprah carries. Essentially all fans writing need to provide how daytime can continue thrive as a money making venture on their network. And remember soaps cost $50 million a year to produce, so you also need to suggest that cutting cost would help it thrive. So write to over come the business/financial odds without sounding like a desperate fan. Trust us it works better.